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Poster: bluedevil Date: Aug 19, 2009 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: skies survey

Speaking of blue devil:

During World War I the Chasseurs Alpins, nicknamed "les Diables Bleus," were well known French soldiers. They first gained attention when their unique training and alpine knowledge was counted upon to break the stalemate of trench warfare in their native region of the French Alps. Unfortunately the Vosges Campaign in March, 1915, failed to alter the status quo even though the Blue Devils won accolades for their courage. However, their distinctive blue uniform with flowing cape and jaunty beret captured public imagination. When the United States entered the war, units of the French Blue Devils toured the country helping raise money in the war effort. Irving Berlin captured their spirit in song describing them as "strong and active, most attractive . . . those Devils, the Blue Devils of France."

... and not long after returning WWI veterans would help name their university mascot, as yet unnamed after the former Trinity College had been funded by the Dukes (American Tobacco Company - Bull Durham), after the valiant French soldiers. Tito, if you're lurking, now is the time to weigh in...

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Poster: skies Date: Aug 20, 2009 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: skies survey

After the chasseurs alpins bleue devils ,nowadays the must see are our french paratroopers !Stunning !!! I hed the chance to see nearby military parachutistes and they land exactly at the very spot they clamed they would land at . You would heve apprecated this public show !Grandiose !